The Urban Revival – Cities may be the key to curbing climate crisis.
Fat Zones – Does where you live influence what you eat? A new study says ZIP codes are surprisingly accurate predictors of obesity. Another new study suggests that people who live in
damp, moldy homes may be prone to depression. A new
roof and attic system being developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could help owners lower summer utility bills by 8% or more. Alcoa announced the start-up of a
588,000 watt, roof-mounted photovoltaic solar power system at its California manufacturing facility, enabling the supply of clean and reliable renewable energy.
A new report by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development found that the
costs of green building are often misunderstood, and even overestimated by as much as 300%. HGTV announces the
Green Home Giveaway – they will build a home somewhere using eco-friendly materials and give it away in 2008. Sun Microsystems completes next-generation,
energy-efficient datacenters in California, the U.K, and India — they expect to save over $1.1 million in energy costs per year. Developing
special lending programs dedicated to energy efficiency projects is a good way for banks to support green endeavors. With climate change and 80% of the world’s population living less than 30 miles from a coastline, Discovery talks about green principles in
building a modern city.
Why is new housing so
big and lousy? Why do builders build these homes? Despite
unwavering focus by the media, government and business, "going green" is only of moderate concern to most consumers, according to a recent research study. There is
a reason why homes rot (hint: it has to do with much more than age).
Shades of Green – with more large companies going green, the entire industry is under scrutiny.
Housing slowdown offers a chance to get real about HOME SIZES … good design and quality construction ultimately will prove more worthwhile than square footage.
Nine ways to make your home more energy efficient. Thin Film PV market could
top $7 billion by 2015 … low cost, low weight, ease of manufacturing, and success on roof, wall, and window applications is driving the growth (see also Nanosolar). U.S. House of Representatives passed a Democratic rewrite of U.S. energy policy that
strips $16 billion in tax incentives away from Big Oil and puts it toward renewable energy sources like wind and solar power.
Eco-cities, centers that showcase the cutting-edge of land use and urban planning, are being planned for the UK and China but do they have what it takes to solve environmental challenges? Atlanta’s
The Streets of Buckhead will be one of the first cities in the southeast to gain a luxury, eco-friendly hotel in the new Starwood Capital Group brand, 1 Hotel & Residences. An increasing number of businesses are making a commitment to the environment, but it seems that
consumer perception of "going green" businesses could be mixed.
The Tale of Two Green Homes – one is efficient and thrifty, and the other is stylish and opulent. They both help the environment, right?